Things to do
As well as Playa’s own beautiful beach, the area has numerous other attractions. Just off the coast is Isla Cozumel, a 40km island with windswept beaches and amazing reefs. And to the north is Playa Norte with powder-fine sands and gorgeous clear waters.
Just a short drive from Playa will bring you to Tulum, one of the most breathtaking of all the Mayan sites. Framed by the azure Carribean Sea, Tulum was once an important trading port, dating back to the 12th century. Another short drive takes you to Xel-Ha, a natural aquatic theme park with creeks, lagoons, wells and ancient caves.
As the sun sets, Playa del Carmen’s bars come to life. The beach is lined with trendy places to grab a cocktail and relax with the sand between your toes. Or head for 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida) where you’ll find everything from reggae and salsa, to chill and electro.